That old design lasted us a long time, didn't it? :)  Welcome to the 2010 AnandTech Beta.  We've done a lot of updating behind the scenes as well as (obviously) on the front end.  

Most obvious is the brand new look and feel. For a site that reviews the latest and greatest tech, we can't get by looking like we're still living in 2004. Now when the 80s make a comeback we'll be on top of that, you've got my word.

We've ditched the left hand column, streamlined some of the ads and widened the content column. While each article will still give you a preview of 10 comments, we finally have an option to view all comments on each review page.  Right now we've got this set to 50 comments per page but we'll be tweaking as need be.  We're also cutting down on the number of page loads you'll encounter.  In view all comments mode there's no page refreshing between comment pages.  We'll be bringing this feature to more parts of the site in the future.  User friendliness is our drug :)

The front page allows for both linking to our superlong articles as well as shorter stories that can just appear on the front page for quick scanning.  By default the latest 5 articles will appear in the rotating carousel up top, but if something super interesting comes up we'll promote it up there (similar to what did on the old site).  The expanded summaries on the front page will give you more insight into what it is we're talking about in the article before you ever click anything.

Tags are enabled but not in full effect just yet.  We'll be beefing up search, comments (the return of ratings!), galleries, Bench, user profiles and site layout/color customization over the coming weeks.  We're planning on this being a regularly updated thing so if you see anything that warrants our attention let us know.

It's not all about a pretty face though, we're still going to be publishing the content that you demand from us.  If you haven't seen it, be sure to read Ryan's GeForce GTX 480 & GTX 470 Review.  And I'm commemorating today with a new SSD article addressing one of the longest running questions you've been asking: how do SSDs perform in RAID?

As always, thank you for your support over the years and for reading the site.  It's been a pleasure to be able to write for you all over the past 13 years.  Thank you guys for giving me and all of us the opportunity to do just that.  If you haven't been able to tell by now, I love writing this stuff - and you all make it possible.

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  • Nafets - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Any chance of implementing the "page width/expansion" button that was on the old Anandtech site. I have lots of blue border space on the right and left. This results in more up/down scrolling, from all the wasted space on the sides. My resolution is at 1600x1200.... Reply
  • ctrlbrk - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    I agree, I used that too as I am running 1600x1050 and have four monitors, so I usually browse full screen on one of them. It would be nice to be able to make the page wider to fill the gap.

    Mike
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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Keep the requests coming, it helps us to hear what you guys want :) We're going to be updating this a lot over the coming weeks and months so let your voice be heard!

    Take care,
    Anand
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  • T2k - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Seconded... let the stuff use my 24" a bit more... Reply
  • Rasterman - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    What would be awesome is a side by side page format, having 1 page 1920 wide is too wide, which is why newspapers use columns of text, it looks better and is easier to read. Having 2 or 3 pages side by side would be awesome and very fast to read. Reply
  • mariush - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Actually, widening the text would be bad ... an option to switch to TWO columns of text of let's say 500 pixels would be great.... I'm sure you know lots of readers have over 1680 pixels width, a lot 1920x1080 , so two x 500 px wouldn't be two big of a stretch i think....
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  • sanjeev - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    Count me in here for the same request.

    Also the comments cascading seems to make the text area longer and longer vertically. so ,say after 100 replys will the last comment display 1char or word per line?

    And here are my views.
    1 LOOKs FRESH.
    2. ..mmm seems similar to hothardware.
    3.on 1680*1050 and 1920*1080- looks ok. but on 1280*960 - all i can see is BIG navigation bars/menu and equally BIG LOGO -nothhing else (
    4.I liked the orange Moustache on the old logo.This Moustache is kind of - dull.(my opnion )
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  • Makaveli - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    I like the new design I find it makes articles easier to read after a long day. Colours are also great can't wait to see it out of beta.

    Excellent Job!
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  • haplo602 - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    I thought I misstyped the url today. the new layout looks great and much better than the old one.

    however there are some quirks to work on (I am writing this comment without actualy seeing the article or previous comments, so I have no clue where it will post).
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  • FrankSchwab - Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - link

    and, frankly, looks great even with no-script running (a rarity on new website designs).

    Congratulations, and thanks.

    /frank
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